As the cliché goes, dogs are man’s best friend. For some, their best buddies are their cats. Whether it’s a dog, cat, or any other kind of animal, pets offer unrequited joy and comfort. When we come home after a long day at work, it feels good to have a dog who will jump on us for kisses or a cat we cannot help but to give a warm hug. Indeed, our pets make us feel more at home in our home. However, our four-legged furry friends can give us headaches occasionally, especially when it comes to keeping the house clean. To avoid facing such problems and be truly at peace with your pets, here are some pet-friendly living tips you can follow at home.
Camouflage your furniture items
It is undeniable that the fur our pets shed can show on our furniture, particularly when they are of contrasting colours. It’s an ugly situation and we have no choice but to clean up our sofa, beds, and linens immediately. To free yourself from such stress, try coordinating the colour scheme of your furniture pieces with the fur colour of your pet. Choose the same tones as your pet so that their falling hairs will be much less noticeable. For example, opt for cream- or white-coloured couches for your white or beige dogs and cats, black finish for the black ones, and dark colours for your walnut or dark brown pets. If you have a few critters, choose the most prevalent colour shade.
Watch out for your fabrics
Despite all the professional grooming and makeovers we give our pets, we cannot keep their nails and teeth from growing. We all know the dangers these body parts can cause, especially to our furniture. In this case, thin, silky or loosely-woven fabrics would be a bad choice for the fabrics as they can be painlessly torn by your pets. Instead, opt for tightly-woven fabrics, leather, and synthetic materials as they are more durable, more resistant from tearing, and much easier to sponge-clean.
For added protection, you can place a rug under your pet’s favourite sitting spot in the house. Choose a design that beautifully matches the colour, cut, and overlook of your dog or cat. Just make sure to regularly wash the rug to avoid accumulating hair, dirt and smell.
Consider your flooring
The current flooring material in your house is a big factor in housekeeping when you have pets at home. Floors made of tiles, concrete, and masonry, as well as floorboards, are easy to mop and wipe clean. On the other hand, floor mats and other synthetic materials would not be ideal as they can be easily damaged by your pets.
Prepare yourself for regular maintenance
One of the best practices for pet-friendly living is to keep your pets gorgeous and healthy. To avoid scratches on your furniture, clip their nails often. For less fur appearing all around your house, frequently brush your pet and catch their falling hair. For their own health and overall wellness, give your pet plenty of exercise. Walk them around the neighbourhood or give them play things and toys that they can exercise with.
Aside from the regular exercise and grooming activities, you will also have to clean up your house more often. You can invest in special appliance units that can help you save energy and time in your house chores. For example, buy vacuum cleaners, particularly the cordless and portable types, to easily suck up pet fur from your couches.
Find your pet’s corner
No matter how huge or small our house is, our pets will ultimately find their own personal space. It’s their own territory where they will sleep, eat, and play most of the time. Wherever it is, make sure to make the spot more comfortable for your pets. Place their sleeping cot or baskets in their favourite corner, along with their play things and some accessories. Make sure their nook matches perfectly with the overall theme of your house so it would not look chaotic. If your pets love what you have made, they will refrain from running around the house and just stay in their nook more often.
The aforementioned tips work easier if you have your own house. If you are living in an apartment or a flat, raising a pet might be more challenging. Before you start looking for pets, check out the pet policies and carefully understand them, especially if you are living in an HDB. For rentals, the homeowner may charge you additional costs for bringing pets, so be prepared to handle the fees. Once your landlord gives you the green light, shell out more cash to pet-proof your apartment. Install some pet-guards to carefully restrain your pets. Train them to minimise their noise so as not to disturb the neighbours.
Truly, raising pets is a big responsibility. Yet, it’s a fun one and the happiness and security you get in return will be worth it all.